Salewa has a long history in outdoor products and footwear, but it’s new to trail running. The Lite Train marks its first attempt in the category and is a surprisingly well-done and versatile trail running shoe. The upper is closed mesh with fused overlays that create a partial rand over most of the fore- and mid-foot.
The eyestay and ankle collar are supported by 3F, rubbery injected elements with prominent 3D surfaces that protect from rugged trails and help to secure the foot within the shoe. The midsole is low-profile, single-density EVA. Firm and responsive, it’s best suited to softer trails— though nimble and protective—especially for more competitive efforts. The outersole is covered with randomly-oriented, Z-shaped angular treads in a sticky rubber compound courtesy of a partnership with Michelin. This outersole is best off-road, though tough enough to run to the trailhead from the car, if that’s your habit. The light weight, good traction, and low-profile geometry combine to make the Lite Train a good choice for technical trail running.
Testers: “Good snug, secure fit. Nice flex, light feel, good traction. That’s all I need in a trail shoe.”
Sizes: Men 7–12,13; Women 6–10,11
Weight: 10.1 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.4 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics